Science and Society I

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Published on 9 Oct 2011
School
Brock University
Department
Science
Course
SCIE 1P50
1Dr. Caroline Starrs
Science 1P50 Lecture September 12/11
Environment
We depend on our environment
Environment
Absorbs our waste
Provides climate stability
Protects us from the ultra violet radiation
We tend to think of the environment as a collection of commodities we obtain
from around the world
The environment ius the very source of our lives and well being
The Environment
All the things around us with which we interact
Biotic (living things)
Animals, plants, forests, soils, ect…
Abiotic
Continents, Oceans, clouds, ice caps
Our built environment
Structures, human created, living centres
Social relationships and institutions
What is environmental science?
Interdisciplinary
Broad field
Goals
Establish general principals about how the natural world functions
Identifying, understanding, and solving problems
Everything is linked to each other
Environmental science is interdisciplinary
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